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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self Guided Inn-to-Inn

Highlights:

  • 3 day itinerary (includes 2 days of walking)
  • Holiday in a prestigious World Heritage Area
  • Hike down the Giant Stairway past the Three Sisters
  • Recent discovery of the prehistoric Wollemi Pine
  • Be pampered in style in historic B&Bs

Overview:

Auswalk’s 3 day Blue Mountains Highlights walking holiday takes you on an exploration of one of Australia’s iconic destinations. You walk through the World Heritage National Park between two delightful accommodations. We move your luggage for you while you are out walking.

This short holiday makes a refreshing break from the rigors of city life. The walking incorporates two of the most impressive Blue Mountains bushwalks, which have always been popular since their construction in the early 1900’s.  

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the terrain

Any steps or ladders along the way are modern and solid:  long gone are the days of long rickety wooden ladders with widely spaced rungs and a few of them missing anyhow! On this getaway, you’ll descend the Giant Stairway and get close enough to touch the sisters. And there’s a whole lot more waiting to be discovered on foot in this prestigious World Heritage Area.

In Waterfall Valley, expect to see cascading waterfalls with hanging swamps growing out of the cliffs. Hike into the depths of stunning canyons where forest giants tower overhead and the only sounds are flowing water, bird song and the wind in the trees. Hike through eucalyptus forests and learn how the evocative blue haze is produced, giving the mountains their name. Follow Mid Cliff Walk to the 2-tiered Wentworth Falls, then an invigorating trek to the top. Handrails, ladders and airy lookouts provide a birds-eye view over the vast forests of the remote Jamison Valley.

Watch this walk being featured on an episode of the Sydney Weekender in 2017.

Note that, if you’d prefer to walk for more days then have a look at our Blue Mountains Traverse holiday.

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More Details

Location

The Blue Mountains is about 2 hours west of Sydney, easily accessible by local train or car. We can also arrange private transfers from Sydney airport or city hotels.

Grading

30% easy, 35% moderate, 35% harder. 12-18km (4.5-6 hours) walking per day. Mostly moderate walking with some harder sections including ladders and steep steps. Can be tailored to suit you.

Accommodation

B&Bs – private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.

What’s included

2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, luggage transfers, vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Available all year. October-November is usually mild to warm. Temperatures warm up from December-February. March-April is usually cool to mild. Temperatures drop from May onwards and the days are cool to cold. July brings occasional snowfalls. Warmer, spring weather returns around September.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

The Blue Mountains is noted for its international cuisine with restaurants attracting some of the best chefs in the country. Accompany with award winning wines from the nearby Hunter Valley winery district.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

Starts at Katoomba any time after 2pm. There is no walking scheduled for today but you can easily spend a few hours exploring the main street of Katoomba with its many boutique stores.

Accommodation: Katoomba B&B

Day 2

You will set off on foot from your accommodation. Learn the Aboriginal legend of how the famous 3 Sisters were formed as you descend the 862 steps of the Giant Stairway. Then it’s away from the throng of tourists and into the depths of Leura Forest. Delicate ferns and mosses hug the rainforest trees as filtered sunlight creates a magical scene.

Accommodation: Leura B&B

Day 3

The setting for the grand final hike is Waterfall Valley. The route winds its way past waterfalls, beneath overhanging cliffs and through magnificent grottoes. A real highlight today is the “mid-cliff” walk along a wide path that has been carved into the sheer cliff face! Handrails, ladders and airy lookouts provide a birds-eye view over hundreds of miles of forests. Spray from spectacular Wentworth Falls refreshes weary walkers before climbing to the cliff top.

The holiday finishes at 3pm back in Leura.

Blue Mountains Highlights

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$ 795 per person twin/double share
$ 215 Single Supplement (private room)

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